New Jersey Revised Statutes § 17:11c-41 - Consumer Lenders, Prohibited Practices.

17:11C-41 Consumer lenders, prohibited practices.

41. The following practices shall be prohibited and a violation of the "New Jersey Consumer Finance Licensing Act," sections 1 through 49 of P.L.1996, c.157 (C.17:11C-1 et seq.):

a.No consumer lender shall make any loan upon security of any assignment of or order for the payment of any salary, wages, commissions or other compensation for services earned, or to be earned, nor shall any such assignment or order be taken by a licensee at any time in connection with any consumer loan, or for the enforcement or repayment thereof, and any such assignment or order hereafter so taken or given to secure any loan made by any licensee under this act shall be void and of no effect.

b.No consumer lender shall take a lien upon real estate as security for any consumer loan, except a lien created by law upon the recording of a judgment.

c.No licensee shall conduct the consumer loan business within any office, room, or place of business in which any other business is solicited or engaged in, or in association or conjunction therewith, except as may be authorized in writing by the commissioner.

d.Every multiple installment consumer loan contract, other than an open-end consumer loan contract or a variable rate closed-end consumer loan contract under subsection b. of section 32 of this act, shall provide for repayment of principal and interest combined in installments which shall be payable at approximately equal periodic intervals of time and which shall be so arranged that no installment is substantially greater in amount than any preceding installment, except that the repayment schedule may reduce or omit installments when necessary because of the seasonal nature of the borrower's income.

e.No person, except as authorized by this act, shall directly or indirectly charge, contract for, or receive any interest, discount, or consideration greater than the lender would be permitted by law to charge if he were not a licensee hereunder upon the loan, use, or forbearance of money, goods, or things in action, or upon the loan, use, or sale of credit of the amount of $50,000 or less. This prohibition shall apply to any person who, by any device, subterfuge, or pretense, shall charge, contract for, or receive greater interest, consideration, or charges than is authorized by this act for the loan, use, or forbearance of money, goods, or things in action or for the loan, use, or sale of credit.

f.No consumer loans of the amount or value of $50,000 or less for which a greater rate of interest, consideration, or charge than is permitted by this act has been charged, contracted for, or received, whenever made, shall be enforced in this State and any person in any way participating therein in this State shall be subject to the provisions of this act. The foregoing shall not apply to loans legally made in any state which then has in effect a regulatory small loan law similar in principle to this act, but an action to enforce any loan made in any state to a person then residing in this State may be maintained in this State only if the amount of interest, discount, consideration or other charge for that loan, demanded to be paid in the action, does not exceed that permitted to a licensee authorized to engage in the consumer loan business by this act for a loan of the same amount repayable in the same manner.

g.No consumer lender shall make, advertise, print, display, publish, distribute, electronically transmit, telecast or broadcast, in any manner, any statement or representation which is false, misleading or deceptive.

h.No consumer lender shall make any statement or representation that the licensee will provide "immediate closing" of a loan or will afford unqualified access to credit.

L.1996, c.157, s.41; amended 2001, c.294, s.6; 2009, c.53, s.58.

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